Skills, experience and passion
World Vision UK employs over 200 people in the UK and over 37,000 across the globe. To achieve our vision of transforming the lives of millions of children living in the world’s hardest places, we harness the skills of professionals and volunteers from various backgrounds and with diverse experiences. Wherever our people come from and whatever they do, they have one thing in common and that’s passion and determination to change the lives of children for good.
Meet the World Vision Leadership team
Interim Chief Executive OfficerMark Sheard
Mark Sheard takes over as Interim Chief Executive at World Vision UK in March 2020. Mark has been deeply engaged with World Vision since 2007, serving on the Board for 9 years between 2007-2016, including a four-year spell as Board Chair. Since coming to the end of his term on the Board, Mark and his wife Lois have continued their association with World Vision as ambassadors to High Level Donors and in Church links.
Mark enjoyed a successful career in advertising and marketing, creating one the of the UK’s most successful marketing communications businesses before merging it into a multinational group in 2000. In 2001, Mark founded the Whatnext? Consultancy to provide marketing and corporate development advice to commercial and ethical organisations.
In 2017 Mark was appointed by Archbishop Justin Welby to the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England and currently serves in a variety of roles in including as Chair of the Mission and Public Affairs Council and Co-Chair of the Evangelism and Discipleship Steering Group.
Mark graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in History and is married to Lois. They have lived in Ealing for over 30 years and are members of St John’s Church, Ealing, where Mark is a Licensed Lay Minister and has served in a variety of leadership roles.Read less
Director of Finance & Risk
Elisabeth joined World Vision UK in March 2020 having previously worked as Corporate Finance Director for VisionFund International (the microfinance subsidiary of World Vision International) for nearly eight years.
Prior to joining the World Vision partnership, Elisabeth had roles with two of the Big Four accounting firms and a global mining company, starting her career in Johannesburg and then moving to London.
Elisabeth lives in Wimbledon and attends a local church, Emmanuel Wimbledon.Read less
Director of People & Business Excellence
Jacquie joined World Vision UK in early 2018 having previously worked as the Head of People and Performance at CAFOD for seven years. During her time at CAFOD she was also involved in wider development sector activities as a Trustee of People in Aid and a member of the CHS Alliance Board .
Jacquie has worked in the field of organisational development for over twenty-five years, much of which was spent in the private sector as a change management consultant. Before joining CAFOD in 2010 she worked in the Cabinet Office where she was responsible for developing a framework to improve capability, performance and collaboration across the 20+ departmental HR functions within the Civil Service. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development and is involved in a number of HR Leadership networks.
Jacquie lives in St Albans with her husband, Dan and is very active in both her local church, St Luke’s Bricket Wood, and in the St Albans Diocese where she is a consultant on the Mission and Ministry Review Scheme.Read less
Director of Policy & ProgrammesDavid Westwood
David Westwood is an adaptable and skilled leader with extensive experience gleaned over 20 years in international development, humanitarian relief and advocacy, he’s worked for World Vision in the UK, Angola, Switzerland and Costa Rica. He believes passionately that real change for children demands strong and innovative local level programming that links local level advocacy with national and global policy change.
David has a Bachelor of Economic and Social Studies from the University of Wales and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.
David lives on the outskirts of Northampton with his wife Felicia and has three children, Sofia, Daniel and Emma. Raised the son of a Baptist minister, David has had a multi-denominational faith journey and currently attends the Central Vineyard Church in Northampton.Read less
Director of Public
Graeme Newton originates from New Zealand where he began his career in advertising and marketing. He joined World Vision New Zealand before transferring to World Vision UK in 2010, becoming Director of Fundraising in 2015.
Graeme is an energising leader who believes in the transformational power of fundraising. He is passionate about building strong teams and partnerships that change the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. With a Bachelor of Commerce and Management from Lincoln University, NZ, he feels privileged to align his professional skills with his Christian faith in his work.
Graeme lives in Woburn with his wife Susanna and children Charlie, Elsie and Flora. He is a keen runner and shares his love of skiing, cycling and water sports with his family.
Meet the World Vision Trustees
As charity trustees, our non-executive directors receive no remuneration for their services, nor do they have any interest in the company’s contracts. The Board, which meets quarterly, is ultimately responsible for strategic decisions, having regard to advice from the Chief Executive and senior management. Trustees normally serve for a maximum of nine years and are subject to re-election every three years.
Richard IzardBoard Chair
Richard Izard is Chief Executive of Organic leadership, a niche leadership development and executive coaching consultancy, and he has a passion for individual, team and organisational transformation.
Previously Richard has been Managing Director of a retail business and held board positions in sales, marketing, commercial and finance. His commercial experience spans sectors including banking, retail, music, film, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and engineering, and he is also a qualified accountant.
Richard joined the Board of World Vision UK in May 2011 and was appointed Board Chair in March 2018.
Richard is also a member of the Board Development Committee and Public Engagement Committee.Read less
Douglas MillicanVice Chair
Douglas is the Chief Executive of Scottish Water, a position he has held since 2013, having previously been Finance and Regulation Director for over ten years. Douglas has been a member of St Paul’s & St George’s Church, Edinburgh for over 30 years and is a former Chair of the church Vestry.
Douglas joined the Board of World Vision UK in March 2017 and was appointed Vice Chair of the Board in March 2019. Douglas is also the Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Organisational Effectiveness and Remuneration Committee.Read less
Serena Brown leads KPMG’s Sustainable Development Goal work, within KPMG International’s Global Corporate Citizenship strategy. Serena is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, previously leading audit and advisory engagements for listed financial services companies in the UK, Australia, Hong Kong and Laos. She has also held leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector as Chief Executive of Trade Aid operating in Tanzania and then Country Director for Tearfund based in South Sudan and Kenya.
Serena joined the Board of World Vision UK in March 2016 and is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.Read less
Simon Burne is a fundraising and marketing specialist. Recent roles have included Fundraising Director at Kidney Research UK and a Sue Ryder Hospice and consultancy work with MHA. Simon’s previous roles include Director of Fundraising and Marketing at The Children’s Society, Senior Consultant with THINK Consulting Solutions, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at NCH and Director of Fundraising and Communications at Acorns Children’s Hospice. In addition, Simon has been involved in voluntary sector management, strategy and marketing for 26 years at Intermediate Technology, Relate and The Children’s Society.
Simon is qualified in Business Studies and Development Economics and has worked in the UK and extensively in Africa and Asia. He was Chair of the Institute of Fundraising from 2002 to 2005 and has written and talked extensively on marketing, PR and fundraising issues.
Simon is an active Christian, an elder and lay preacher in the United Reformed Church, a Street Pastor and a volunteer in a homeless shelter.
Simon joined the Board of World Vision UK in March 2016 and is a member of the Public Engagement Committee and Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.Read less
Catherine Taylor is currently the Chief Commercial Officer for Jack Nadel International Limited. Prior to this Catherine was working in local government in London as a solicitor for over 20 years where she advised on public law and governance matters, including relating to local authority companies, as well as commercial contracts, employment and contractual disputes. Catherine is passionate about seeing transformation in the lives of individuals and communities, in particular supporting a ministry in Kenya and also in the UK where she has served on the board of Directors for CAPE, a mental health charity in West London for 12 years.
Catherine joined the Board of World Vision UK in October 2020 and is a member of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee and Organisational Effectiveness Committee.Read less
Marcus graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 1992 with a BA (Hons) in Business Studies and commenced his career in marketing with Perkins Engines. He then joined the Ford Motor Company where he fulfilled a rich mixture of senior brand and commercial roles culminating in Brand Manager, Ford of Europe. Marcus moved to the telecoms sector where he held the role of Head of Marketing Insight – Bulldog Communications at Cable & Wireless.
Moving to one of the largest international automotive retailing brands, Inchcape plc, as General Manager he led several elements of the Global Customer Strategy, including redesign of the customer experience for buying and servicing cars and coached the organisation to implement Net Promoter Score.
In 2010, Marcus moved to Motorola where he led Regional Marketing for Europe, Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia. During six years a
t Moto the business was acquired by Google in May 2012 and then by Lenovo in November 2014. At Google, as Senior Marketing Director for the Moto brand, he led regional marketing, strategy and ecommerce, having stewardship of $120M annual budget and resources to support the mobile devices portfolio. He reintroduced the Moto brand to India using a combination of public relations (PR) and digital marketing techniques. In 2016, his team reached the finals of the Global PR Week Awards for a viral social media campaign.
Marcus joined World Vision International in February 2017 in a consulting role as part of the Strategy Realisation Office (SRO) supporting the Our Promise 2030 strategic imperative for delivering high quality sustainable funding.
In August 2017, Marcus was appointed to the new role of Partnership Leader - Global Communication and Public Engagement. Then in January 2018, Marcus transitioned to his present role of Partnership Leader, Global Marketing and Resource Development where, together with Support Offices and Field Offices that raise income, Marcus and his team are responsible for the resource development initiatives in Our Promise 2030 and for World Vision’s global brand position using content-driven storytelling.Read less
Marcus Manuel has worked in international development for twenty years. He is currently a Senior Research Associate at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. Prior to this he was a regional director at the UK Government’s Department for International Development, responsible for range of country programmes in Africa and Asia. He has also lived overseas, working as an adviser in Uganda and Fiji.
Marcus is a committed Christian. He has been a member of St James, Muswell Hill, London for the last seventeen years, where he has led a homegroup and been involved in children work for many years.
Marcus joined the Board of Word Vision UK in March 2018 and serves as the Chair of the Policy & Programmes Committee and is also a member of the Organisational Effectiveness & Remuneration Committee.Read less
Mark Parsons is Head of Regional Engagement, SME Banking at Natwest and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS). He has held a number of public affairs roles including Head of Corporate Banking Public Affairs at RBS and Public Affairs Policy Advisor at the London Stock Exchange Plc. Prior to this, Mark was a Parliamentary Adviser to William Hague MP and Head of the Political Section at Conservative Central Office.
He has a background in International development policy having been an adviser to the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development between 1999-2001.
Mark joined the Board of World Vision UK in February 2012 and serves as the Chair of the Board Development Committee and is also a member of the Finance Audit and Risk Committee.Read less
David has been Rector of St Paul’s and St George’s Scottish Episcopal Church in Edinburgh since 2000, having joined the Church as Associate Rector in 1996. He was made an Honorary Canon in 2014. Before moving to Edinburgh, David worked as a curate in Solihull in Birmingham.
David was on the Board of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity for seven years and is currently a member of the UK Council for the Evangelical Alliance, the Scottish Executive for the Evangelical Alliance and Chair of Alpha Scotland.
David has many years’ experience of supporting World Vision, including two visits to our work in Kenya with people affected by HIV and Aids and, following these trips, he and his church created a DVD to help UK churches explore issues of justice, poverty and HIV.
David joined the Board of World Vision in September 2015. Alongside his usual Trustee duties, David has additional responsibilities to help the organisation network through the Christian community; express its Christian identity in word and action and encourage prayer, spiritual discernment, thinking and behaviour by the Board.Read less
Julian Thomas is a director of Oxford Strategic Marketing, a consultancy specialising in marketing strategy and capability development for global multinationals and social marketing in the public sector.
He has worked as a consultant across a large number of industries, in particular healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Previously he worked in marketing for Procter & Gamble.
Julian joined the Board of World Vision UK in May 2011 and serves as Chair of the Public Engagement Committee and is also a member of the Policy and Programmes Committee.Read less
Fola is co-founder and managing director of Indisys Business Solutions. Indisys works with organisations across multiple sectors to enhance their performance and efficiency through improved business, marketing and technology strategies. Her clients include development organisations and large charities to whom she has provided training and development in major gifts fundraising. Fola has extensive experience directing multimillion pounds projects funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development in Africa and South Asia and working with international governments, local partners and donor agencies.
Fola’s previous roles include Partner and Global Lead for International Development at Mazars LLP; Director of Projects at the International Development Office, Open University; Head of Diversity for UK, Ireland and South Africa and Senior Financial Services Consultant at IBM; and Retail Banking Project Manager at HSBC.
Fola holds a variety of Non Executive Director roles in the voluntary and public sector and she is a Vice President with the British Red Cross. Fola was delighted to receive an MBE for services to business and community in 2017 and an honorary degree from the Open University in 2018 for public services. She is a Deputy Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire.
Fola loves God passionately and has attended Milton Keynes Christian Centre for fourteen years and is the Board Chair, a member of the Church leadership team and a life-group leader. Fola also chairs the board with responsibility for a local foodbank.
Fola joined the Board of World Vision UK in March 2019 and serves as the Chair of the Organisational Effectiveness & Remuneration Committee and is also a member of the Policy & Programmes Committee and the Board Development Committee.Read less
Alice has over twenty years’ experience advising global organisations on their marketing and branding strategies, for companies such as M&S, Oxfam, Virgin and the BBC. She was Chief Strategy Officer of RKCR/Y&R, a leading London advertising agency, Director of Strategy for Global Markets at BBC Worldwide and has since set up her own consultancy. She has been instrumental in some of the UK’s most well-known and effective advertising, and has advised government on social change programs, and NGOs on fundraising.
Alice is passionate about the possibility for change, even in the face of difficult global challenges. She celebrates the fact that life has got so much better for so many children in so many parts of the world, thanks in part to the work of organisations like World Vision UK, and the generosity of its donors and is excited about helping World Vision UK engage in new ways with new audiences as it grows its crucial work with children living fragile lives in fragile states. She has three children, plays cello, writes, and runs and is Chair of the LVA Trust, a small educational charity working with local schools, and is a member of Holy Trinity Church, Richmond.
Alice joined the Board of World Vision UK in October 2019 and is a member of the Public Engagement Committee and Policy & Programmes Committee.Read less
MEET SOME WORLD VISION AMBASSADORS
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"I am Amanda Bausor and I live in Buckinghamshire. Our family’s 28 years of child sponsorship with World Vision have brought us friendships across the world."Read more
"I am Amanda Bausor and I live in Buckinghamshire. Our family’s 28 years of child sponsorship with World Vision have brought us friendships across the world."
"In 2007, with World Vision’s help, I visited our sponsored boy, Wasim, in his village in rural Bangladesh, where I witnessed the life-changing results of World Vision’s work. I saw how sustainable activities in farming, education, sanitation and health transform the lives of people in these poor communities."
"My respect for World Vision’s dedicated staff inspired me to become an Ambassador. I want to support all they achieve against all odds. I have enjoyed talking about World Vision to ‘Talking Books’, a nursery school and an on-line plant nursery, Plantify."
"My name is Evonne Porteous and I live on the west coast of Scotland in the county of Renfrewshire with my husband and two dogs!"Read more
"My name is Evonne Porteous and I live on the west coast of Scotland in the county of Renfrewshire with my husband and two dogs! I have been a World Vision sponsor for 10 years, sponsoring a little boy in Kodumela, South Africa."
"I became a World Vision ambassador in 2012 and decided that my first port of call to spread the World Vision word would be through family and friends. At a family get together I showed a few videos and spoke about the difference sponsorship makes in children’s lives."
"I also encourage friends to look online at World Vision’s work on Twitter and Facebook. Within a month or so I had found sponsors for five children! It is true what they say: charity does begin at home!"Read less
"My name is Andrea Sims. I live in Swadlincote where I serve the people of south Derbyshire as a Methodist minister."Read more
"My name is Andrea Sims. I live in Swadlincote where I serve the people of south Derbyshire as a Methodist minister."
"In June 2012, World Vision UK invited me to become an ambassador. Have sponsored children for ten years and having visited one of them – Aurela in Albania – I was delighted to accept and do more for World Vision."
"Last November, we transformed one of our churches into a ‘chicken shed’ to promote and sell gifts from the ‘must have gifts’ catalogue and in spring 2013, my colleagues and I encouraged our local community to support the IF campaign in the run up to the G8 summit in June 2103."Read less
Please note: We're excited to have a full team of Ambassadors at the moment - so we can't take on any new recruits.